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Census Bureau Releases New Poverty, Income Data

Friday, September 16, 2016

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau released new poverty and income data for 2015 that show an increase in median household income, a decrease in the official poverty rate, and a decline in the number of people without health insurance. As the bureau notes, “This is the first annual increase in median household income since 2007, the year before the most recent recession.”

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare

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President Obama Commutes 214 Sentences, Calls on Congress to Pass Sentencing Reform

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Exactly two months after granting clemency to 42 people in June, President Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 214 people who are currently serving time in prison under outdated sentencing laws, bringing his total number of commutations to 562 – more than the last nine presidents combined. It was also the most granted in one day since at least 1900.

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Categories: Criminal Justice System

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Fourth Circuit Strikes Down N.C. Voting Restrictions

Friday, July 29, 2016

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Friday ruled that North Carolina’s monster voter suppression law, H.B. 589, was enacted with “racially discriminatory intent” to “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” The law was enacted in August 2013 – just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

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Categories: Discrimination, Voting Rights

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Fifth Circuit Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday ruled (9-6) that Texas’ strict voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act (VRA) because it discriminates against Black and Hispanic voters. The court also asked a lower court to find a remedy to prevent 600,000 Texans who lack a required form of ID from being disenfranchised in November.

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Categories: Discrimination, Voting Rights

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DOJ Announces Implicit Bias Training Program

Monday, June 27, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday unveiled an initiative to ensure that all federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors will receive mandatory training in implicit bias.

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Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies, Criminal Justice System, Discrimination, Racial Profiling

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After Waiting Nearly 400 Days, Rossiter Confirmed to Federal Bench

Monday, June 27, 2016

The U.S. Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Robert Rossiter, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Rossiter, who will fill one of 30 current judicial emergencies nationwide, was nominated by President Obama more than a year ago.

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Categories: Judiciary

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Hamstrung Supreme Court Deadlocks in Immigration Case

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday deadlocked (4-4) in United States v. Texas, a case challenging the Obama administration’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) initiative. Both were stopped by a federal district court in Texas, and that court’s order subsequently was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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Categories: Immigration

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Supreme Court Upholds Diversity in College Admissions

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled (4-3) in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, affirming the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and holding that the race-conscious admissions policy in use when Fisher applied to the university is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause.

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Categories: Equal Opportunity, Promoting Diversity

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Vast Racial Disparities in America’s Public Schools Persist, Data Show

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on Tuesday released results of its survey – the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) – providing a comprehensive look at how more than 95,000 public schools in the United States are educating the nation’s children.

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Categories: Education

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CFPB Releases Proposed Payday Lending Rule

Friday, June 3, 2016

At a field hearing in Kansas City on June 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule to rein in predatory payday and car title lending – an industry that targets communities of color.

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Categories: Housing & Lending, Poverty & Welfare

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